Expressionist in style, my art is an attempt to depict both the human condition and the natural world at their most intimate level. As an acute observer of life in all its aspects, my art is influenced not only by nature but all forms of pop culture as well, from books to movies to cartoon animation. The themes and ideas of the great Norwegian painter Edvard Munch have also been a major influence, his exploration of the human psyche laying the groundwork for the kinds of ideas that I seek to pursue. These influences are then filtered through my own unconventional life experiences to produce the unique styles in which I work.
Each individual piece of art that I create takes off from a narrative perspective or an idea that often stems from my own writings. My tendency is to paint in a series of related pieces until the idea that I am pursuing is fully explored. There are instances, however, when a statement can be made with one strong piece.
My primary medium is acrylic, although occasionally I paint in oil. I mostly use acrylic for the quick drying time and the economics of only needing water to both clean brushes and thin the paint. I turn to oil when working on a piece that requires a more intricate use of color blends. I paint on both canvas and wood panels, with my preference leaning towards wood because I like that the surface doesn’t bend or ‘give’ against my brush.
I tend to work in many different visual styles, as reflected in my broad range of influences. Also, the subject matter that I delve into varies, from social-political to landscapes to figurative. However, in spite of these variations, the work remains recognizable as a part of me because of the thematic and expressionistic aspects that I bring.
Ultimately my art is about conveying personal concerns and ideas in regards to politics, social observances and emotions. It is important for me that my art connect with the viewer through shared understanding and experiences. I desire for my art to be meaningful, accessible and relevant without reliance on the facile or merely decorative.
Jerry Lee Kirk, 2010
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